I must interrupt this cacophony of peace chants emerging from the left corner with a jarring note. I'd be grossly remiss if I did not. For starters, I want to draw your attention to the article that appeared in rediff.com: Krishnakumar P. and Vicky Nanjappa, Doctors Shocked at Hostages's Torture. I quote,
"Bombay has a long history of terror. I have seen bodies of riot victims, gang war and previous terror attacks like bomb blasts. But this was entirely different. It was shocking and disturbing," a doctor said...
...The other doctor, who had also conducted the post-mortem of the victims, said: "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks. It was clear that they were killed on the 26th itself. It was obvious that they were tied up and tortured before they were killed. It was so bad that I do not want to go over the details even in my head again," he said.
And, here you are, expressing concern, and worried about what may happen to all the poor and uninvolved Muslims in India. Why don't you have it in your heart to say at least a few words on the fate of Rabbi Gabriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka Holtzberg? Worse, you accuse Mossad and the Hindus for having conspired to stage this heinous attack. How much sicker can you get!
They say that the process of coming to terms with bereavement goes through the steps of denial, anger, bargaining, and despair, before acceptance. I hope that the deaths in Mumbai, and before that, in New Delhi, Jaipur, Hyderabad, Bali, Beslan, Madrid, London, New York, Tel Aviv, Haifa... are never accepted. Never forgotten. They ought not to be. Nor would hand-wringing with platitudes about peace and love suffice. Not when we are confronted with this virus of terror that threatens to overwhelm the world as we know it, long before the fossil fuels melt the polar icebergs.
I understand that the teenager, sipping her latté in Café Leopold, when her life was brutally interrupted and terminated by an AK-47, could have been Ahmed's daughter. Muslims, of course, come in different colors and hues refuseniks, moderates, fundamentalists, rich and poor, young and old just as the Christians and the Hindus do, but let's not be fooled by this self-serving misrepresentation of the war against terror as a war against Muslims. It's not. What we are engaged in is a war of ideas, a clash between civilization and barbarism.
I am sorry not really, of course but I don't buy this religion of peace nonsense. You may slice the baloney in whatever way you like, but it's still baloney. As you know very well, I reject all religions as collections of mostly irrational and dangerous ideas that impede civilization and progress. I reserve a special scorn for Islam that aims to impose its ideas on the entire humanity through violent means.
The idea of punishment by death to the non-believers, the blasphemers, and the apostates; the idea that women are inferior to men, and any attempt by them to be equals must be suppressed with the threat of acid in their faces, or worse, decapitation in a soccer field - these arcane ideas are central to Islam, and cannot be challenged. The overarching goal of the custodians of this religion is to impose such barbaric ideas on the entire world, and enforce them with the laws of Shariat.
In my trade, I learnt long ago that pussyfooting around ideas that are unsupported by logic and evidence, in the name of tolerance or eclecticism, would only help promote the charlatans, the plagiarists, and the boneheads. Because someone claimed a millennium and one-half ago that it's the word of a god that he met in a cave, a god that no one else has seen or heard ever since, doesn't place him or his word beyond the pale of challenge, criticism, and rejection.
By all means do what you can to help the disadvantaged and the out of luck, but without prejudice to the Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Pastafarians, or whatever among them. And, please, don't forget those who lost their lives, limbs, and some, their entire family, to terror. While you are at it, do educate them to denounce the words and the ways of the Mullahs and their likes, who fan violence and terror in the name of defending their god and their faith. Actually, that's the best education you can give them. Everything else will follow.
1A response to the discussion in a private email group on Terror in Mumbai, and Martha Nussbaum's apologia in the Los Ageles Times today.